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How to tie a Hopper

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The Hopper The Hopper

The Hopper is a very versatile fly, originally conceived as a dry fly/emerger it is not unusual these days to see it fished as a wet fly on any line from a floater to fast sinker. The addition of the mobile legs must provide some added attraction when retrieved. It’s very useful in the latter half of the season when small “Daddies” are on the water. The body colour can be varied to suit the conditions and naturals present.


Materials needed

Tying thread

Lightweight wet fly hooks 10-12

Red seals fur subs

Cock pheasant centre tail

Medium flat pearl tinsel

Red game cock hackle


Step 1.

Place the hook in the vice and start the thread behind the eye and tie in a short length of Medium Flat pearlised Mylar and wind the thread towards the hook bend.


Step 2.

Take a pinch of seal fur substitute and dub sparingly onto the thread. Wind the dubbed thread forward towards the eye and remember to leave a space to tie in the legs and a hackle.


Step 3.

Wind the flat pearl Mylar towards the eye in open turns, tie off firmly and remove any waste.


Step 4.

Take a cock pheasant centre tail feather and remove about 10 fibres and tie a single overhand knot in each fibre. Tie in approximately 3-4 legs each side of the hookshank.Positon them so that the fibres hang below the hook shank.


Step 5.

Take one cock hackle with fibres 11/2– 2 the hook gape, and strip away the soft fluffy fibres at the base, Tie this in just behind the eye and make 3-4 turns away from yourself being careful not to trap any of the legs. Tie off and trim away the waste hackle tip before doing a whip finish and varnishing the head.


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